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### Course: Get ready for 6th grade > Unit 2

Lesson 6: Subtracting decimals# More advanced subtraction strategies with hundredths

This video explores the concept of subtracting decimals, specifically hundredths. It demonstrates different strategies for subtracting decimals, emphasizing the importance of understanding place value and the flexibility of breaking down numbers to make subtraction easier.

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- what does compute mean(22 votes)
- to calculate or reckon (a figure or amount).(29 votes)

- what does compute mean?(6 votes)
- *Does not dose, and compute means solve.(5 votes)

- What I do is I put the numbers one under the other and then I solve it. For me, this is the easiest way to do it.

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8.38-

4.54

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3.84(6 votes)- Hi do you go to One School?(0 votes)

- Why does Sal say figure out the problem before he does? Like we are watching the video to understand it because we don't...(3 votes)
- If there is a question like 2-0.56. Then can you do 200 hundredths-56 hundredths?(4 votes)
- Yes, this method works because 2 is the same as 200 hundredths.(0 votes)

- That was a little difficult can you do another one to?(1 vote)
- I was wondering when he said subtract does he mean subcract or add?(1 vote)
- why can't we just do 8-3 in the problem instead of 7-4? Because we have to take out one of the ones anyway.(0 votes)
- This makes it vary hard a graph?(0 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Sal] Let's say we wanted to compute eight and 38 hundredths minus four and 54 hundredths. See if you can pause this video, and figure it out on your own. There are multiple
strategies for doing this. I'll tell you the way that
my head likes to do this. I would view this as the same thing as eight and 38 hundredths, and then I would subtract
four and 38 hundredths. The reason why I pick 38
hundredths is that will cancel out, it'll take away these 38 hundredths. And then I still have to
subtract a little bit more. If I also subtracted 38 hundredths, I have to subtract a
total of 54 hundredths. Let's see, 54 is how much more than 38? I am doing this in my head as I speak. To go from 38 to 48, I
need six, I need 10 more. I need to subtract another 16 hundredths. How did I think about that? 54 is 38 and 16. If I'm subtracting 54,
I could break that up. I could subtract 38 hundredths, and then I could subtract 16 hundredths. Why did I pick 38 hundredths? Because it matches up with this. And so, if I say eight minus
four is going to be four, and then I have 38 hundredths
minus 38 hundredths, those are just gonna
cancel out with each other. So this minus that is just gonna be four. And then I'd say four minus 16 hundredths. So how do we think about that? Well, you might be able to do this in your head at this point. You might say: "OK, I
have to go 16 hundredths "less than four, that's gonna
be three and 84 hundredths." Or, you might wanna just break it up. You could say: "OK, four
is the same thing as "three plus 100 hundredths." Hundredths. And then I wanna take
away minus 16 hundredths. 100 minus 16 is 84. This part right over
here is 84 hundredths. I'll write it out. Hundredths. Which I can write as 0.84. Three plus 0.84, that's going to be, this is going to be equal to, we figured it out already multiple times, three and 84 hundredths. Now, as I said, there's multiple ways that we can try to tackle this. For example, another way that I could do this one right over here is I could say, all right, lemme do the ones. I'd say, eight minus four. Eight minus four. Plus. Let me try to do the tenths. So, I could have three
tenths minus five tenths. 0.3 minus 0.5. And then, I would have the hundredths. So, eight hundredths
minus four hundredths. Plus eight hundredths
minus four hundredths. Now, this is pretty easy to compute, this is pretty easy to
compute, but what about this? I don't have five tenths to take away. What I could do is, instead
of having an eight here, I could take one away from
it, and make that a seven. And so, I have one that I can
regroup someplace over here. I can reorganize it. So, I could view this
as seven plus 10 tenths. And so, I can take those 10 tenths, I could take those 10 tenths,
and add 'em right over here. Lemme rewrite this. I could rewrite this as seven minus four, plus 10 tenths, plus three tenths. Actually, lemme just write
it all as plus three tenths. I'm mixing different ways
of writing it this way, but that might be good. Minus five tenths. And then this part I could just compute. This is plus four hundredths. Zero point zero. Color. Plus four hundredths. This right here is gonna
be four hundredths. Now what is this going to be? Seven minus four is going to be three. 10 tenths plus three tenths. The right color. This is going to be three. And then, 10 tenths plus
three tenths is 13 tenths, minus five tenths is eight tenths, and then I have four hundredths. Once again, 3.84. Three ones, eight tenths, four hundredths. Or, three and 84 hundredths.